MANCHESTER — A police officer was sideswiped by a passing car during a traffic stop, police said as they reminded the public about the state's "move over" law.

Patrolman Kyle Rickvalsky was investigating an incident involving a deer being struck one night in November, according to video posted by Manchester Police on their Facebook page.

As Rickvalsky walked toward his vehicle, with its emergency lights activated on the right shoulder, a passing car swerved to avoid hitting the officer and kept going. The post did not disclose an exact date or location of the incident.

"Rickvalsky was able to dive and roll out of the way of a vehicle that failed to move over! Without hesitation, Ptl. Rickvalsky was able to relay the incident to dispatch," according to the post.

Police said the driver of the car was stopped and was issued a summons.

Rickvalsky was honored by the 200 Club of Ocean County in June for helping rescue a retired State Police officer who stopped breathing during the January 2016 blizzard, according to the Asbury Park Press.

New Jersey Statute 39:4-92.2 requires drivers to move over when fire, police, rescue vehicles, and tow trucks are on the road with their lights going. If conditions are not safe to change lanes, the driver should slow down.

New Jersey State Police Officer Sean Cullen was struck and killed in March 2016 as he walked along Route 295 in Deptford, responding to a car fire and crash.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ.

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